Ester Elizabeth Ford

9 June 1829–15 December 1907 (Age 78)
Columbus, Columbus Township, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of Ester Elizabeth

When Ester Elizabeth Ford was born on 9 June 1829, in Columbus, Columbus Township, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States, her father, Johnathan Ford, was 28 and her mother, Rachael Robertson or Robinson, was 23. She married Warham Eugene Whedon on 5 April 1846, in Marion, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Utah, Utah Territory, United States in 1850 and San Juan Judicial Township, Monterey, California, United States in 1860. She died on 15 December 1907, in Soquel, Santa Cruz, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Soquel, Santa Cruz, California, United States.

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Warham Eugene Whedon
Ester Elizabeth Ford
Marriage: 5 April 1846
Maria Jane Whedon
Lucien Whedon
Warham Edwin Wheaton
Emma Wheaton
Elizabeth E Wheaton
Eva A. Wheaton

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening
Age 1
Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act
Age 7
The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
Age 21
The state known as Utah began when Brigham Young led a group of LDS pilgrims seeking freedom from religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they established a settlement in 1847. The golden spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx of settlers.

Name Meaning

(1997: 59533;2007: 133080; 2010: 184832)English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford (Middle English, Old English ford), or a habitational name from one of the many places called with this word, such as Ford (Durham, Herefordshire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex), Ford in Sefton (Lancashire), Ford in Crediton and Ford in Holcombe Rogus (both Devon), Ford in Litton and Ford in Wiveliscombe (both Somerset).Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names, for example MacGiolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na Naomh’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha’ (a personal name composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin (see Foran ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (17)

  • Elizabeth Spafford in entry for George David Nidever, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Hester E Wheaton in household of Warahm Wheaton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elizabeth Nidever, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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